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Kindle Short Stories: Price and Length for Erotica?

Kindle Short Stories: Price and Length for Erotica?

Hmmm… this post’s title sounds kinky, but never mind. 🙂 Kindle Romance students were asking about pricing erotica, and length for erotica, because you can charge more for fewer words in that genre. So let’s look at pricing your Kindle short stories, if you’re writing erotica, or erotic romance.

A little tip about publishing erotica. You may be aware that last year many of the ebook retailers, including Amazon, took a big stick to erotica because some writers were pushing the envelope way too far. This kerfuffle was bigger than the PayPal erotica fiasco of the year before. So when you’re publishing your short stories, be careful with ecovers, titles and descriptions.

How Much Can You Charge for Short Stories in Erotica?

The consensus among writers (for now), seems to be that 99 cents is a rubbish price. Readers hate it, probably because so many got burned when everyone jumped on the 99 cent price point a couple of years ago. So for short material, charge $1.99 at a minimum.

Check to see what other writers are charging. Here’s Amazon’s Top 100 Erotica, paid and free. Look on the left hand sidebar, for the sub-genres of erotica. Do some searches yourself for “short story erotica”, and see what comes up, and how much authors are charging.

How Long Should Short Stories Be?

You can get away with VERY short stories in erotica. Most authors feel that if your stories are very short, Amazon and/ or readers can quibble. I’ve seen lots of short stories at 11 pages, which is around 2,500 words. My suggestion: stay over 3,000 words if you can, and you’ll be fine.

Some word counts for reference:

  • Short stories: under 10,000 words;
  • Novellas: up to 40,000 words;
  • Novels: over 40,000 words.

OK, have fun writing Kindle erotica. Join us on our Kindle Romances writing class.

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How to Be Clever

Facebookpage

Sometimes you come across an idea which is blindingly CLEVER, like this Facebook page.

I’ve written about the Piggyback Process, of which this page is a wonderful exemplar.

In this post, A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing: Guest Post by Summer Daniels, the page’s creator says:

“Then at the end of April this year, I had an idea.  I think Melinda DuChamp recently said in her first guest post here that she was ‘not above riding on coattails.’  The same can be said of myself, although I had another ulterior motive as well.  My intent in setting up the What To Read After Fifty Shades of Grey page was to take advantage of the influx of new readers to the erotica genre and point them towards other talented authors (including myself).  Call it a matter of inspiration (or should that be sin-spiration?), good timing, good luck, etc. – whatever it was – the page has taken off.”

Clever, very clever. 🙂